Red Sox reach deal with J.D. Martinez

Fort Myers, FL 2/19/2018: Red Sox principal owner John Henry is pictured sharing a laugh with a fan as he signed some autographs. The first full squad workout of Spring Training for the Red Sox was today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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It’s love at first sight

All of a sudden, the roster and lineup look pretty darned good.

Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez watches the flight of his fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 7-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In J.D. Martinez, Red Sox put a huge piece in place

Martinez should add a lot of home runs to the lineup and a splash of excitement to the team.

Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez hits against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Peter Abraham

Red Sox spend $110m to tie up J.D. Martinez

The deal will pay Martinez $50 million over the first two years, and includes a player option.

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